Seminar targets immigration

12/19/2006

How should the church respond to the challenge of immigration?  

This is one of the questions to be addressed during a three-day conference looking at the issue of Immigration from Biblical perspective. The Southeastern Jurisdiction and the General Board of Church and Society are organizing Our Call to Hospitality: A Biblical Response to the Challenge of Immigration conference Feb.1-3 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

 “Immigration is a critical issue right now in the United States and other countries as well.  The church must be one place where the issue can be addressed, especially from a faith perspective,” said Bill Mefford, director of Civil and Human Rights at the General Board of Church and Society. “What does our Christian call to hospitality teach us about the way we respond  to the sojourner, the alien, the stranger, the outcast? This is the piece of the immigration debate that we believe has been missing,” he said.    

“The Southeastern Jurisdiction and Lake Junaluska want to do our part in assisting the church in understanding its role in the debate and future action related to the many immigrants who are around us everyday. We hope leaders from around the church will participate in this very important event,” said Jimmy L. Carr, SEJ executive director.  

Keynote addresses will be provided by Vicksburg native Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker of Florida Conference; Bishop Hee-Soo Jung of Northern Illinois, an immigrant from Republic of Korea; Dr. Amy Oden, professor at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C.; Dr. Francisco Canas, executive director of National Plan for Hispanic Ministries, and the Rev. Clark Jenkins, pastor at St. Andrew-by-the-Sea UM Church in Hilton Head, S.C. In addition, a number of workshops to promote understanding and a Christian response to this issue will be offered. 

A registration form and more information about this event can be found at www.umc-gbcs.org of by contacting Garey Eakes at geakes@umc-gbcs.org or Carl Arrington at Carrington@sejumc.org.